Mark March 29 on your calendar for another free screening hosted by Library and Archives Canada. This time we’re showcasing Denys Arcand’s sharp socio-political satire, Le Déclin de l'empire américain (The Decline of the American Empire) as part of Canada on Screen’s list of 150 essential moving image works.
Register today as seating is limited.
- Event begins at 6:15 pm and movie starts at 7:00 pm
- Library and Archives Canada, Auditorium, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
- Restricted to people 18 years of age or older
- Film is subtitled in English
Download the event poster (PDF 15.4 MB)
Canada on Screen
In recognition of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada on Screen showcases moving image works that have shaped Canadian culture, identity and heritage. The program is a co-production of TIFF, Library and Archives Canada, the Cinémathèque Québécoise, and The Cinematheque in Vancouver, and is made possible by TIFF's presenting partners, the Government of Canada, RBC, and the Government of Ontario.
Le Déclin de l’empire américain (The Decline of the American Empire), 1986
This comedy-drama film was critically acclaimed and a box office success in Quebec, Canada and internationally. It won several Genie Awards—including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay—and several international honours, including the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was the first Canadian film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film was followed by two sequels: The Barbarian Invasions in 2003, which became the first Canadian film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (2004), and Days of Darkness in 2007.
Did you know?
When it was released, Le Déclin was the most popular Québécois film in English Canada since Mon oncle Antoine in 1971 and one of the most popular Québécois films ever in France, where it sold over one million tickets. It received the Golden Reel Award as the highest-grossing Canadian film of the year and made more than $25 million internationally.